Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thanksgiving 2011 will likely go down as one of the most memorable.
My roommate Joleen invited me to go with her to St. George to her aunt and uncle's. Her cousin Maren was also there, as well as another aunt and uncle. They were all so fun and nice!
We showed up on Wednesday night and decided we wanted to have our very own turkey trot the next morning. We decided to take it a step further and run all the way to Arizona (a whopping 4.5 miles from their house...though we ended up only going 3.2 miles. But doesn't it sound cool to say we ran from Utah to Arizona?)
No race is complete without an official t-shirt. Joleen, Maren, and made a trip to Walmart to buy some blank shirts and some iron-on transfer paper.
After the great run, Tim worked on this video as dinner was cooking.
Personally, I love this video. It makes me laugh so hard each time I watch it, which has been a lot. :)
After an amazing dinner, we went on a pre-pie hike up this hill/mountain right by their house.
On Friday morning, Joleen and I went to the St. George temple on the way out of town. It's so beautiful!
Such a great weekend. I always love Thanksgiving and the focus put on the blessings I have. Hope it was great for you too!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I was just grading an interior design quiz I gave to my 8th graders. They were supposed to list the principles of design. I remember watching him as he took the quiz and could tell that he didn't remember some of them. Here are his responses...
- Emphasis (correct)
- Harmony (correct)
- Potential (??? At least it starts with a P like it's supposed to)
- Pattern (That's an element, not a principle)
- Polygamy (What the?)
- Waffles (oh goodness)
Nice try, buddy.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
So I have this friend named Laura. Laura is super cool and uber talented. And Laura's one of my favorite people because she came with me to Disney World and Harry Potter world.
Well Laura informed me this morning that Lifestyle Crafts is giving away a Canon 60D Camera and Jo Totes Camera bag. All you have to do is create an account at lifestylecrafts.com.
I know some of you are major photog pros, so maybe you should enter. Or don't, because then I'm more likely to win. But I like Laura enough that I told her I would spread the word.
Laura is sad that she can't enter the contest herself. But I made a deal with her...if I win, she gets to teach me how to use the camera. What a great deal, right? :)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
- black shirt
- blue jeans
- orange yarn
- rock from the side of the road
- piece of paper (college ruled)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I still don't believe it. I know some of you have done full marathons, but this is really something I never expected this chubby girl could do.
My greatest ever friend Carie says she remembers me saying years ago that I would never run a 5k. It was pretty great that Carie decided to run the half with me. Even better...we ran all 13.1 miles together and crossed the finish line together. (Well, she was one second ahead of me, but close enough). I'm so glad I had her there to push me and coach me..."Don't eat the GU, it will make you sick"...(she was right)..."Run on the outside of your foot if the inside of your calf is cramping." Thanks for sticking with me, Carie!!!
- Make it to the finish line
- Don't get last place
- Don't walk
- Stay under an 11 minute mile
Over the years, I've learned that it's important to review my goals, so here we go...
- I made it to the finish line!
- I did NOT get last place! In fact, I got 1,782nd place...which sounds bad, but out of somewhere between 3500-4000 runners, I don't think I did too bad!
- I never walked! But I'm not counting the water stations. If you've found an effective way to drink and run at the same time, please share!
- Pace Time: 9:47. Take THAT, 11 minute mile! My total time was 2:08:02
I feel like it's been a crazy thing leading up to this. I started running a few months ago for a few reasons. A lot of it was because I wanted to be healthier. I wanted to lose some weight, and it seemed like a good way to make it happen. My brother-in-law, Steve, has turned into this crazy runner, and I'm always intrigued when I hear him talk about his runs. He kept telling me I should try it. He even made me a running playlist this summer. As soon as I heard Britney Spears on the mix, I knew it was meant to be.
I guess you could say I needed an "outlet" as well. It's been a wild/emotional past few months. I started out writing more about that, but I decided it was perhaps too personal to post on my public blog. I don't really want to go into detail on here, but running gives me a lot of time to think and run off sadness, frustrations, and fear. It's a good distraction. After a long day, it's surprising how much I look forward to going on a run. It's therapeutic, really. It's true what Elle Woods says on Legally Blonde..."Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands...they just don't!"
I feel such a great sense of accomplishment. I probably shouldn't have been smiling so much after running 13.1 miles, but I couldn't help it! Even when I was so sore for a couple days, I would still smile and think, "I did something I thought was impossible." What a great feeling! I can do hard things!
And I couldn't have done it without so much encouragement. And I was so happy to see my two best cheerleaders (a.k.a. the roommates) there at the finish line with posters, Gatorade, and chocolate milk.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I just had a great interaction with a co-worker. For those of you who work/have worked at my school, I'll give you one guess who he is... :)
Co-worker: You look old today.
Me: Wow, thanks. I'm not sure that's considered a compliment.
Co-worker: Well it's true. You look old. Yesterday you didn't.
Me: Well thanks (insert heavily sarcastic tone).
Co-worker: Yesterday I'd say you looked like you were 21. Today it's more like 32.
Me: Sorry for the confusion. I'll be sure to never wear this outfit or my hair like this again.
Co-worker: Okay, have a nice day!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
One of my "favorite" parts of coming back from an absence as a teacher is reading what the substitute had to stay about my students. In the past week and a half, I've had 6 substitute days. SIX! That's a lot! I've had all sorts of meetings, conferences, and...oh ya...an amazingly fun trip to Orlando (more details to come).
When I came in this morning, I had all sorts of great notes from the substitutes.
Here are some favorites...
"Not many of the kids were good. ______ and ______ were especially obnoxious."
One sub had my students write notes to me about what happened in class. Here are some of the notes (with their same spelling)...
"My friends and I were throwing pencils at each other. The sub took us into custidy"
"I only goofed off a tad bit."
"The other guys were goofing off, and they blamed me so I got sckrewed."
And my favorite from a sub yesterday...
"Please dock points, take away free time, give extra homework or whatever you can to punish this class. They were terribly rude and disrespectful, especially ______, ______, and ______. Well, too many to name, actually. I had to yell and make them sit quietly the last 10 minutes, after a talk on respect. So when they say, 'That sub was mean!', they would be right."
A note to my #1 sub, Brittany: I love the notes you leave. Don't worry...the kids you named were the same ones the other subs left notes about. Was I surprised that they were on the list? No. It's been a wild term with them. They're being taken care of today by the administration. :) And I love when you leave notes about listening to Celine Dion. I'm sure the kids loved it! And thank you for leaving positive comments. I don't feel like as much of a failure as a teacher when I know that some of them are good. :)
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I heard a couple of boys in my 8th grade class talking and heard my name mentioned. I asked them what they were saying about me. Here's how the conversation went...
Student #1: Miss Lacey, we were just talking about how skilled you are at sewing.
Student #2: Yeah, you're like a pro. Do they have sewing as an olympic sport?
Me: Why yes, they do. I'm on the U.S. team.
Student #1: They have a U.S. Olympic Sewing Team?
Me: Yes. I'm a gold medalist.
Student #2: That's sweet! So you and Michael Phelps hang out?
Me: Yes. We play golf together in the off-season when we aren't training. See how cool I am?
Student #1: How does one train to be on the sewing team?
Me: I just sew stuff and unpick it. It keeps my fingers strong.
Student #1: Wow, you're so cool!
Me: Yes, I am. Now get back to work.
Me: Yes, there's one in the cup by my computer.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I always think the few people who read this don't like hearing about my teaching stories all the time. A few of you have told me that you enjoy them, so you get to hear them. I'm bad at journaling, so this and emails to friends are my forms of journaling.
With that being said, let me tell you about the first finger-sewing incident of the 2011-2012 school year. It's a pretty common occurrence that students sew their fingers. Some aren't too bad. Maybe it just gets a little layer of skin. Sometimes it hits the bone and breaks the needle. You may remember the winner of 2010 where the little piece of needle broke off in her finger, and I had to pull it out. That was easily the most disgusting needle-in-finger incident I had faced...until today.
It was first period. There were 6 minutes left in class. I see a girl with her hand casually in the air, waiting for me to come answer a question for her. I walk over and she calmly says, "The needle is in my finger." I look down, and sure enough, the needle is in her finger. Her hand is still attached to the machine. It's sick. Blood is coming out. I calmly ask if she's okay. I don't want her to freak out. I don't want to freak out. And I don't want the rest of the class to know because she's already embarrassed.
So in order to get her detached from the machine, I have to remove the presser foot. Then I had to loosen the needle clamp to get the needle out of the machine. Once it was out, I could get a better look. Her finger was centered on the needle. There was an equal 1/2" sticking out of both sides of her finger. This wasn't a little skimming of the skin. This needle was IN her finger! I brought her over to my desk, away from the other students. I warned her that I was going to try to pull on it. I pulled it about 1/4". Sick. It was sick. I asked if she was still okay. Then I tried pulling again. She pulled her hand back and let out a little scream of pain. That thing was stuck. Blood dripping away.
I called the office. "Umm...I have a sweet girl here who has a needle really stuck in her finger. What can you do to help me?" Miracle of all miracles occurred...the school nurse was actually there! I think she's only at our school one day a week. So I sent her on her way and tended to the blood path that was left...my pretty new machines had their first blood incident. I went to the office between class periods. I saw her walk out of the nurse's office. No needle! Just a traumatized 14 year old with tears in her eyes and a handful of bandaids.
Happy 11th day of school.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sometimes when I don't know the answer to things, I brush it off with an "I don't know. Oh well!" But this week, curiosity has gotten the best of me a time or two. Here's what I've learned...
How do you perform the Heimlich Maneuver on pregnant women?
Above the baby. Push in the center of the breastbone...inward and downward.
What is happening to a person during a seizure?
It's electrical activity in the brain. The brain sends out too many impulses at the same time to tell muscles to move. Your muscles go tight and relax really fast over and over until the seizure stops.
Do bees really die after they sting?
Let me give you a little funny background about this question...
Two of my 7th grade girls told me they want to have pet bees. They want to catch them, freeze them, remove their stingers, tie a string around them, then defrost them and hope they're still alive to be pets.
Only honey bees die after they lose their stinger. This is because when they try to pull out the stinger, they also lose parts of their abdomen and digestive tract.
There you go. I hope you feel smarter. I sure do!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Over Memorial Day weekend, my roommate Annie and I took a little trip to the middle of nowhere. Two summers ago, Annie and I decided we wanted to go to every temple in Utah. It's taken us longer than we thought, but we're almost done! We checked off another one when we went to Monticello.
We left after school on Friday and arrived there late that night. Hotel pickings are slim there, so we stayed at a stinky place that smelled like the old brown trailer that some of our old ranch hands would live back in Drummond. I'm thinking only my family and the Mackay's will appreciate how sick that is! :)
Then we hit Arches National Park for an afternoon of hiking to Double O Arch.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Today was yearbook day! It's easily the easiest, yet boringest (spell check says that is not a word...I submit that it is!) day of the year. I was just glancing through comments kids wrote in my yearbook. In addition to the classic comments like "Thanks for being my teacher!", here are a few of my favorites...
- Eat your vegetables & fruit. They are good for you. --Will
- You're the best! --Jaclyn Bieber (the girl really think she's married to Justin Bieber)
- Sorry I'm loud! --Maddy
- 1 Nephi 2:15 --Jessica
- Lacey, stay sexy. --Anonymous, but definitely a boy
- Hope you love the underwear I made u. --Bailey (she sewed some "underwear" out of scraps the other day. They were too small for her, so she gave them to me...I don't know, either)
- Lacey, Thanks for teaching next to me at school. "It was so out of control!" --Rachel (turns out I say "it was so out of control" a lot, and Rachel calls me out on it :)
- Don't get hit by a bus. --Brandon
- No man is worthy of you, Lacey. You're that good. --Jessica (She's the type that always kept tabs on my love life)
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
As I write, my old sewing machines in my classroom are being taken away. The new ones will be installed later in the summer. For now, they continue to sit in their boxes in the storage room.
I asked the guys from Dave's Bernina in Provo what their plan was for these. They said they've already sold about half of them. HALF! They haven't even left my room yet!
That means there are still about half (20) of them left.
If you've been waiting to get a deal on a Bernina, you might want to give them a call! They told me they'd be about $499. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's a great deal for a Bernina. These go new for probably $800
They're pretty great machines. It's Bernina model 1008 if you want to do any research.
Anyway, if you're interested. Give them a call. You can ask for Christopher...or Richard I suppose. You can tell them you heard they might still have some 1008 machines left from Timberline Middle School.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
To my friends who are parents or may someday be parents:
School is important. Please make your children go. Just because they're tired in the morning doesn't mean they should be able to sleep in until noon. Their classmates and teachers are probably tired too, but they come. I can understand maybe once or twice a year, but it's going to be a problem when your child only comes to first period three times in an entire term. And if you do decide to let your child sleep in almost every day, please don't be surprised and shocked when your child gets a C-...that is probably a generous grade.
On a similar note, just because your child is getting an A doesn't mean they can stay home.
Also, maybe you can help me with something....if your child cheats (let's say, for example, they forge YOUR signature...four times), would you defend them? Would you go to the teacher and ask her to still give him credit for the assignment?
Just some thoughts.
A teacher with 5 days of school left
(FYI, these aren't all from personal experience, but they've been discussed among co-workers. I could go on all day) :)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011